Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.62
Liaison Teshome Molalenge
Submission Date Sept. 17, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Bridgewater College
ER-16: Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.62 / 10.00 Leona Sevick
Provost & VP for Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs
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The number of faculty members engaged in sustainability research:

The total number of faculty members engaged in research:

Names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research:

Dr. William Abshire, Philosophy and Religion
Dr. Laura Yordy, Philosophy and Religion
Dr. Bernardo Motta, Communication Studies
Dr. Kimberly Bolyard, Biology
Dr. Mwizenge S. Tembo, Sociology
Dr. Amy Thompson, Chemistry
Dr. Deborah Dunn-Frederick, Health and Human Sciences
Dr. Catherine Elick, English
Dr. Stephen Baron, Biology
Dr. David Reznik, Sociology
Dr. Jamie Frueh, History and Political Science
Dr. Tim Kreps, Biology

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research is posted :

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty engaged in sustainability research:
Brief descriptions of up to 4 recent notable accomplishments by faculty engaged in sustainability research, including names and department affiliations:

1.Molecular biology of the degradation of polyhydroxybutyrate, a biodegradable, plastic- like polymer produced by bacteria: Dr Stephen F Baron, professor of biology.
2. Improving the sustainability of social movements through personal wellness: Dr David L Reznik, sssistant professor of sociology.
3. Environmental communication and policy – It relates to sustainability as it affects people's ability to get information and make decisions about toxic waste disposal, which can affect people's health and general quality of life as well as the resilience and survival of ecosystems: Dr Bernardo H Motta, assistant professor of communication studies.
4. Environmental refugees: Dr Laura R Yordy, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

All data has been compiled via survey sent out to faculty on surveymonkey.com: one in 2012 and another in 2013. Sample of email sent to faculty:

To all faculty,

My name is Walker Shively and I am an intern assisting Teshome Molalenge at the Center for Sustainability with the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) project. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance and developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE ) with broad participation from the higher education community. The report evaluates every single aspect of sustainability on campus based upon a point system. One of the credits deals with the number of faculty involved in sustainability research. If you complete the following quick 5-question survey, I would really appreciate it. Here is the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RL7B6H

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important project.


Walker Shively

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.